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5 Tiki Bars Where It’s Always Island Time

We carry a torch for these Fort Myers–area tiki bars where you’ll find good vibes, flowing drinks and tropical décor. Enjoy the sensation of being on island time, no passport required.

The Boathouse Tiki Bar & Grill

You’ll fall straight into vacation mode from the moment you pull up a seat in the hut. Set right on the Sweetwater Landing Marina, the Fort Myers location is an open-air and breezy tiki hut where the energy is always bright. Fruity cocktails go perfectly with fish tacos and fried grouper bites as you listen to the rhythms of live music. Take a plunge in the pool on a sunny afternoon and stick around until evening to watch the sun set at the original waterfront location in Cape Coral.

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Yucatan Beach Stand

This Fort Myers Beach favorite is up and running with an ever-expanding menu. Just look for the giant Yucatan tiki man on Old San Carlos Blvd. Then grab a swinging chair at the bar. You can order succulent snow crab by the pound and enjoy savory brisket and chicken prepared on the grill, all while sipping a cold beer or margarita on the rocks.

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Phuzzy’s Boat Shack

Get a taste of Old Florida in this St. James boat shack overlooking a canal. A cold beer and warm cheesy crab dip make for a truly happy happy hour. Or make it a meal with a platter of peel-and-eat shrimp and Phuzzy’s famous grouper sandwich. There’s live music every evening and a friendly atmosphere all year round.

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Coconut Jack’s Waterfront Grille

Just steps from Bonita Beach, you can spend an afternoon watching dolphins frolic in the back bay as you try a fun local cocktail — like a Bonita Beach Mule or a Jack’s Rum Punch. The good times keep rolling in this award-winning waterfront restaurant where you can dine to your heart’s content on happy hour bites, seafood feasts (including a gluten-free menu) and sweet endings, like their famous Key lime pie.

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Jungle Bird Authentic Tiki

With traditional carved tiki statues guarding a thatched-roof hut, Cape Coral’s tiki-style bar aims for authenticity. The menu features fusion dishes like hoisin-glazed sticky ribs, Thai chicken tacos and Hawaii-inspired sliders. Pair these bright flavors with creative cocktails like a colorful Tamiami Vice blend, a Mezcalhuna served with a brûléed banana and other Polynesia-inspired concoctions.